The new faces in Bafana Bafana’s September friendlies squad

The new faces in Bafana Bafana’s September friendlies squad
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Bafana Bafana will not be part of the final round of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers next month. While several countries have booked their ticket to the Ivory, others have little worry about needing results in their final game.

Being in a group of three has ensured South Africa has picked a ticket to AFCON 2023 following two wins, a draw, and a loss in the group phase.

However, it is a massive opportunity for Bafana Bafana to fine-tune their strategies. The one-time AFCON champions have lined up friendlies to keep them sharp ahead of the tournament in Ivory Coast between January and February 2024.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos
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Bafana Bafana will play Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo next and has invited 36 players to the team.

The preliminary squad will be trimmed to 23 players next week when Broos announces his final list for the two matches.

In the team, we have some new faces. Here, we give you a list of the invited players and the new faces in the squad.

New faces in the Bafana Bafana squad

Some of the players on the list for the upcoming friendlies have been invited for the first time, while some players have received past invitations but have yet to make their debut for the Bafana Bafana.

Ime Okon (SuperSport United)

To many in South Africa, Okon is the next big thing. He received his call-up to the national side. The 18-year-old defender plays for SuperSport United.

Described as quick and athletic, Ime passed through the Orlando Pirates development structure. He made his PSL debut three weeks ago.

Okon has three top-flight league matches under his belt but was included in the 36-man provisional squad by Hugo Broos.

Mlungisi Mbunjani (TS Galaxy)

The TS Galaxy midfielder is a bundle of experience. He is getting his first national team call-up at 32. The former Highlands and Cape City Stars player will hope for the opportunity to impress Hugo Broos.

Keagan Allan (Moroka Swallows)

Broos seems to have the idea of giving youth a chance in this new set-up. He has invited 23-year-old Allan and offered him the opportunity to gain international experience.

Allan, who joined Moroka Swallows from the University of Pretoria despite interest from Serie A clubs, is a highly-rated defender.

Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates)

The 23-year-old right-back came through the Orlando Pirates' development academy. Monyane also played in the 2016 COSAFA Under-17 Championship and the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The Bafana Bafana call-up is a massive step up for his career.

Sipho Chaine (Orlando Pirates)

The 26-year-old goalkeeper joined Orlando Pirates from Chippa and is their first choice as a goalkeeper for the Bucs.

Broos feels confident enough to give him a tryout with Bafana Bafana.

Zuko Mdunyelwa (Chippa United)

The 22-year-old defender is another young call-up by Broos.

All these players have impressed so far in the league and hope to grab this opportunity to be part of the party to Ivory Coast.

Other Bafana Bafana invitees

Some players were part of the national team in the past. Given Msimango is one such player. He is yet to get his first cap for the South African national team.

Msimango got another chance to prove his mettle by Broos.

France-based Lebo Mothiba also returns to the Bafana set-up after a long time out of the national team.

The full list

Name Position Club
Ronwen Williams Goalkeeper Mamelodi Sundowns
Veli Mothwa Goalkeeper Amazulu FC
Ricardo Goss Goalkeeper Supersport United
Sipho Chaine Goalkeeper Orlando Pirates
Sydney Mobbie Defender Sekhukhune United
Grant Kekana Defender Mamelodi Sundowns
Nkosinathi Sibisi Defender Orlando Pirates
Aubrey Modiba Defender Mamelodi Sundowns
Thabiso Monyane Defender Orlando Pirates
Mothobi Mvala Defender Mamelodi Sundowns
Siyanda Xulu Defender Supersport United
Given Msimango Defender Kaizer Chiefs
Innocent Maela Defender Orlando Pirates
Keegan Allan Defender Moroka Swallows
Ime Okon Defender Supersport United
Sfiso Hlanti Defender Kaizer Chiefs
Zuko Mdunyelwa Defender Chippa United
Luke Le Roux Midfielder Varbergs Bois
Njabulo Blom Midfielder Saint Louis
Teboho Mokoena Midfielder Mamelodi Sundowns
Grant Magerman Midfielder Supersport United
Bathusi Aubaas Midfielder Mamelodi Sundowns
Sphephelo Sithole Midfielder C.D Tondela
Mlungisi Mbunjana Midfielder TS Galaxy
Mihlali Mayambela Forward Aris Limassol
Themba Zwane Forward Mamelodi Sundowns
Kobamelo Kodisang Forward Moreirense
Khanyisa Mayo Forward Cape Town City
Iqraam Rayners Forward Stellenbosch
Pule Mmodi Forward Kaizer Chiefs
Bongokuhle Hlongwane Forward Minnesota FC
Percy Tau Forward Al Ahly SC
Zakhele Lepasa Forward Orlando Pirates
Lyle Foster Forward Burnley
Lebo Mothiba Forward Strasbourg
Monnapule Saleng Forward Orlando Prates

This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).